Police escort Sarkozy to hearing before judge

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been escorted by police to a hearing before a judge in relation to allegations of corruption, influence-peddling and the "breach of professional secrets".

Nicolas Sarkozy in the back of a car driven by police. Credit: Reuters

Mr Sarkozy has not been charged but he is now under "formal investigation", as are his lawyer and a judge suspected of being connected to the allegations.

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Nicolas Sarkozy: 'I have not betrayed my country'

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and says he has not "betrayed" his country after being put under formal investigation for corruption.